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Springer time!
George Springer ((USATSI))
Well that was fast. George Springer's promotion to the majors is just one topic our Scott White and Michael Hurcomb address in their Prospects Report. Full story
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Lorenzo Cain day-to-day with groin strain
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9:00 am ET) Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is day-to-day with a groin strain, according to the Kansas City Star

Cain was able to play Wednesday, but was removed from the game in extra innings due to the injury. He finished the game 1 for 4, with one run scored and one RBI.


George Springer gets first hit 'out of the way' in debut
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8:56 am ET) Astros outfielder George Springer made his much-anticipated MLB debut during Wednesday's 6-4 loss in 11 innings to the Royals. 

Springer, who hit second for Houston, connected for his first career major-league hit in his second at-bat. It was an infield single.

"We're glad he got it out of the way the first day," manager Bo Porter said, per MLB.com. "It's good to have him in the lineup. There's definitely some things that could happen when he's on the baseball field, the attention that he draws on the basepaths, it will give the hitters that are hitting behind him some pitches to hit as well, but it was good to see him get that first one out of the way."

Springer scored one batter after his first hit as Jason Castro connected for a two-run homer. Springer went 1 for 5 with one walk, two strikeouts and one caught stealing in his debut.

"I didn't necessarily hit it hard, and now I can go play from there and develop and have fun," Springer said.


Marc Krauss clubs first home run Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:48 am ET) Astros designated hitter Marc Krauss hit his first home run Wednesday against the Royals.

Krauss wasted no time at the plate, singling in his first at-bat. After a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth, Krauss took a 92 mph fastball from Jeremy Guthrie out to left for a two-run shot. He struck out in the bottom of the eighth, and was replaced by Chris Carter in the 10th inning. 

Krauss finished the game 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Brandon Moss clubs second home run Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:40 am ET) Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss hit his second home run of the season Wednesday against the Angels. 

Moss struck out in his first at-bat against Tyler Skaggs, but was able to turn the tables the second time around. Moss belted a 93 mph fastball from Skaggs out to right field for a three-run shot. He walked twice during the game, reaching base three times.

Moss finished the game 1 for 3, with one run scored and three RBI. 


Joe Smith gets the win Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:33 am ET) Angels pitcher Joe Smith picked up the win Wednesday against the Athletics. 

Smith came on in the twelfth inning, and was able to get through the A's heart of the order unscathed. He hit Jed Lowrie with a pitch, but was able to get himself out of the jam. Smith earned the win after Chris Iannetta clubbed a walkoff home run in the bottom of the inning. 

Smith finished with no hits allowed, and one strikeout in one inning of work. His record moved to 1-0 with the win.


Drew Pomeranz earns the loss Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:24 am ET) Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz picked up the loss Wednesday against the Angels.

In his second inning of work, Pomeranz looked strong early, getting two easy outs. After a routine groundout and a pop out to the catcher, Pomeranz ran into trouble with Chris Iannetta. On the first pitch he saw, Iannetta hit a walkoff home run out to center field. 

Pomeranz finished the appearance with two hits, one earned run and one strikeout in 1 2/3 innings. His record fell to 1-1 on the season.


Chris Iannetta walks off Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8:21 am ET) Angels catcher Chris Iannetta hit a walkoff home run Wednesday against the Athletics.

In the bottom of the twelfth, Iannetta hit the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz out to center field for the solo shot. It was Iannetta's first hit since the second inning of the game. He was also hit by a pitch, reaching base three times.

Iannetta finished the night 2 for 5, with two runs scored and one RBI.


Luke Gregerson blows save vs. Angels Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:56 am ET) Athletics pitcher Luke Gregerson couldn't protect a one-run lead in the ninth inning Wednesday, giving up one earned run on three hits in two innings and blowing a save opportunity in his team's extra-innings game against the Angels.

The A's are using a closer-by-committee with Jim Johnson struggling in the first few weeks of the season, and Gregerson was able to record saves in two of his previous three appearances before blowing one Wednesday. He stayed on to work a scoreless 10th inning after surrending the lead. Gregerson owns a 1.86 ERA and 6:1 K:BB ratio in 9 2/3 innings.


Tommy Milone turns in quality start vs. Angels Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:55 am ET) Athletics pitcher Tommy Milone gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in six-plus innings while striking out one in his team's extra-innings game against the Angels Wednesday.

Milone entered the seventh inning with a 4-1 lead but was removed after hitting a batter and surrendering a single to put two men on with no outs. Both would come around to score, one on a throwing error, but he was still in line for the win until the Angels evened things up in the ninth. Milone owns a 4.09 ERA and 8:2 K:BB ratio in 11 innings over two starts. He'll get the Rangers at home Tuesday.


Tyler Skaggs surrenders four runs in no-decision Wednesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:55 am ET) Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs gave up four earned runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings while striking out two but didn't factor into the decision in his team's extra-innings game against the A's Wednesday.

After a double scored one run in the fourth inning, Skaggs served up a three-run home run to put the Angels in a 4-0 deficit from which they didn't recover until the bottom of the ninth inning. He's given up four runs in each of his last two outings, leaving him with a 3.43 ERA and 11:4 K:BB ratio in 21 innings. Skaggs is slated to face the Nationals in Washington Tuesday.


 
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